Before I get to the Blog Week in Review, can I take a chance to talk about my current WIP? I’m sort of designing it as I go, and I kind of love it. I’m making the Chrolla Hat out of some Knit Picks Chroma fingering, a self-striping, single-ply yarn. The colors are electric, and they seem to be working really well with the somewhat repetitive pattern. I love the stitches that I picked, and it’s been going pretty quickly considering the fact that there are over 200 stitches and the stitch pattern is pretty intensive!
Right now, I’m almost to the point that I’m going to start the decreases. I’ve already decided not to make the crown too pointy as I’m trying to go for a beret kind of look, but what I can’t make a decision about is exactly how I want to do it. Right now, I’m thinking that I’ll decrease starting with the meshy part in between cables, but I don’t know if I want to do it from one side so the decreases spiral, or over both so the cables come together a bit more evenly (squarely?). Do you have any thoughts? I’ll probably pick one, but put in a lifeline before I start so it will be pretty easy to pick up once I decide that I don’t like it 😉
Anyways, before we get to the main event, I just wanted to do some shameless pleading for test knitters. Right now my Swirch Hat only has one tester, and I would really, really, REALLY appreciate a couple more eyes on the pattern to make sure all of the numbers work out and everything. If you are at all interested, please check out the page on the Ravelry Free Pattern Testers group. Thanks!
And now, for the moment you have all been waiting for, the Blog Week in Review! This week has been incredibly inspirational, so I have a lot to show you guys! As always, if you would also like to participate in the Blog Week in Review, please click on the Mr. Linky below and add your site. I’m really excited to see what inspires YOU!
I don’t know if it’s the weather or what, but I have a bunch of baby knits to show you. First, Knitted Bliss talked about her trials in trying to get her kitten hat to fit her newborn. Adorable pictures abound (both with and without the hat), and it’s pretty much just adorableness!
Being Careful not to Twist (great name, btw) is showing off her new baby vest, which, beyond the adorably baby pink colors, has a row of elephants running across the bottom. Everyone, say it with me- awwww!
I don’t know if this counts as a baby knit or not, but Rip It Good’s Bouncy Rabbit is incredibly adorable. I haven’t been hit with the urge to knit a toy since my disastrous adventures making a sock monkey, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate something as cute as this.
To get away from the baby-theme, Chronicles of a Fiber Engineer’s Hat for a Sister-In-Law is beautiful and lacey and everything you would want in a gift from a knitter. Just, sigh, beautiful.
I love Minding My Own Stitches‘ new shawl. I don’t even know how to describe the color (beyond purple-ish)…I just know that I like it! And the yarn sounds like a knitter’s dream (whatever Karakul is, I’m sure that it’s soft and yummy!).
And if you want to see four (yes, FOUR!) pairs of fantastic finished socks, you have to head over to Knitting in Color. Combined with the fact that they are all made with wool-less yarns, and I can’t help but be impressed.